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December 17, 2016
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  • Make a connection.
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  • Make a connection at the foot of the cross.
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  • female: Today on "The Connection" with Pastor Skip
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  • Heitzig, we look at what's possibly the most well-known
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  • Bible passage: the 23rd Psalm.
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  • Today, Skip shows us the valleys we go through often
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  • lead to the greenest pastures.
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  • But while we're in those dark valleys,
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  • it's important to know whom we follow.
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  • How have you seen God work through your darkest valleys?
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  • Tell us. Email MyStory@CalvaryAbq.org.
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  • And just a reminder, at the conclusion of this broadcast
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  • we'll show you how you can support this ministry
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  • financially and receive a valuable resource with your gift
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  • to "The Connection."
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  • Psalm 23 is our text today, so let's turn there as Pastor Skip
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  • concludes the message, "Safe and Sound."
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  • make announcer: Pastor Skip Heitzig scrolls through the
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  • Psalms, exploring the very nature of God and his
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  • relationship with humankind in the series "Playlist."
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  • Life is full of peaks and valleys,
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  • calm streams and roaring rapids.
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  • At times, it feels like there's nowhere to go.
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  • In this study of Psalm 23, Pastor Skip points out that no
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  • matter what circumstances you face,
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  • when you follow God, you are safe and sound.
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  • Skip Heitzig: My manager, my owner,
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  • is the Lord himself.
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  • These are bragging rights for David.
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  • The other day I read an article.
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  • The National Science Foundation has committed to spending
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  • $10 million to build robots for children.
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  • They call them personal trainers for children, in their words,
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  • "To influence their behavior and their eating habits."
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  • These are technological shepherds they're inventing.
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  • They plan to introduce them into homes,
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  • deploy them into schools to teach children English and to
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  • encourage kids to exercise.
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  • The last time I checked, those were called parents,
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  • and those were called teachers.
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  • And I don't want a robot as a shepherd for my children or for
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  • me or for my grandchildren.
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  • I want parents and teachers who are pointing their way to the
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  • Lord, like David is saying, "The Lord is my shepherd."
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  • That implies care.
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  • God will care for you.
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  • It also implies guidance.
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  • You know, sheep, they do not navigate very well.
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  • All of us, like sheep, have gone astray.
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  • They do that very easily.
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  • Finding their way back home?
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  • Not a chance.
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  • I have a pretty smart little dog I've told you about it.
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  • I've bragged about my little dog.
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  • And we took our dog out, not even at our house,
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  • we put the dog in the car, drove it to a different neighborhood,
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  • got out, walked around by the river,
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  • and the dog ran away and got lost.
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  • An hour later, our dog was waiting back at our car,
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  • in a foreign neighborhood, but had enough sense to navigate all
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  • the way back to where he got out of the car.
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  • One smart dog.
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  • A sheep will never do that.
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  • There are birds that can navigate around the world.
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  • A sheep will never do that.
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  • Salmon know how to go upstream to spawn.
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  • A sheep will never do that.
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  • I saw in Israel one time a flock of sheep gathered by a well.
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  • I thought they were just drinking out of the well,
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  • and I got closer to photograph it.
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  • And I noticed that all these sheep had their little heads
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  • smashed into the fur, the bodies, of other sheep.
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  • Just huddled, like hiding, and their little tails were
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  • sticking out in a circle.
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  • And the poor shepherd had to break them up with his staff
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  • just to be able to lead them.
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  • That's the nature of sheep, but the nature
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  • of a shepherd is to guide.
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  • So you'll notice twice in our Psalm,
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  • once in verse 2 and the other in verse 3,
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  • it says, "He leads me beside the still waters.
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  • He leads me in paths of righteousness."
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  • If there is one thing in this Psalm that ought to set your
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  • mind at ease it's this: you have a personal guide, you know?
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  • I speak to a lot of Christians and have for a lot of years,
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  • and one of the common questions that we have is,
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  • "How do I find the Lord's will for my life?
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  • How do I get direction for my life?
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  • I want guidance for my life."
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  • And what they expect, I think, to hear from me is,
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  • sort of, a one, two, three, A, B,
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  • C formula for how to determine God's will.
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  • If you memorize this Scripture and take this step and counsel
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  • with this person, bingo, you'll find God's will every time.
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  • And I think we're so hang up with guidance that we forget we
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  • have the guide living in us.
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  • We want direction, when God is saying,
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  • "Hey, I the director will live inside of you."
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  • Now, if you were traveling to a foreign city like New York City,
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  • would you rather have a complicated set of instructions
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  • to get you around town, or how about this?
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  • What if a local resident said, "Yo,
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  • lemme get in the car with ya.
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  • I'll show you my town."
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  • You'll go, "Yeah, I want that guy."
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  • You've got that guy.
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  • You have the Holy Spirit.
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  • Jesus said, "When the Spirit of truth is come,
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  • he will guide you into all truth."
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  • I know sometimes we wonder, "Well,
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  • how is that gonna work?
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  • Is he gonna give me an impression in my heart?
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  • Am I gonna have to memorize a Scripture?
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  • Is it gonna be through the counsel of others?"
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  • Answer: yes, all of the above.
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  • Relax a little bit. You're just a sheep.
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  • Leave that to the guide, the director.
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  • He leads. He guides.
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  • His second phrase, "I shall not want."
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  • "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want."
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  • Now, I've discovered that not everyone who says the first part
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  • can actually say with honesty the second part.
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  • The Lord is my shepherd, but not everybody can say,
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  • "I shall not want."
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  • We live in a society filled with discontentment.
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  • We're always looking at what other sheep are eating,
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  • "That guy has greener pastures than I have.
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  • Lord, I trust you like they do.
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  • I serve you like they do.
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  • How come their pasture looks so much better than my pasture?
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  • It's greener over there."
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  • The Lord is my shepherd.
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  • I shall not want.
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  • There is a great little book called "A Shepherd Looks at
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  • Psalm 23" by Phillip Keller.
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  • Some of you have seen it. It's an old book.
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  • It's the musings of an actual shepherd who was raised in East
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  • Africa, later on became a shepherd by occupation in
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  • Canada, who raised sheep for a living before he
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  • became a lay pastor.
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  • And he said, "I remember in my flock there was one particular
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  • little ewe lamb, a female sheep, who was beautiful, beautiful
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  • constitution, beautifully formed body, but always discontented."
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  • He called the sheep a fence crawler,
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  • because no matter what pasture he led his sheep into--and he
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  • said, "My pastures were the greenest pastures in the area.
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  • I had this one little sheep who would always move to the edge
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  • and, sort of, look out to see what's over there."
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  • He eventually called her Ms. Gadabout,
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  • because she was always gadding about,
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  • looking for other pastures.
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  • I wonder if God doesn't have some sheep like that,
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  • who are disgruntled, who are always complaining.
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  • And may I be quick to add that a complaining sheep is a disgrace
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  • to the shepherd, because a complaining sheep reflects the
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  • kind of care that that sheep thinks the shepherd is giving
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  • him or her, or not giving him or her.
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  • And imagine how unbelievers feel when they look at
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  • complaining sheep's lives.
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  • You're trying to win people to Christ,
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  • and you're always complaining and moaning.
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  • You know what they're thinking?
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  • "I don't wanna follow your shepherd.
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  • He doesn't take very good care of you,
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  • or so it seems, 'cause you don't ever seem happy with him."
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  • The Lord is my shepherd.
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  • I shall not want.
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  • Contentment does not come from what we have.
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  • Contentment comes from whom we have.
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  • And if the Lord is your shepherd, you ought to be able
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  • to declare firmly and confidently, "I shall not want."
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  • As the shepherd, he gives us direction.
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  • There is a second principle I wanna discuss with you,
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  • and that is, as a friend he gives us protection.
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  • Now, you'll notice the pronoun changed in verse 4 from speaking
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  • about "he" and "his" in the third person.
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  • He speaks now directly to the Lord,
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  • "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
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  • I will fear no evil: for you are with me;
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  • your rod and your staff they comfort me."
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  • Now, immediately this tells me that life is not always gonna be
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  • about green pastures and still waters.
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  • There is gonna be some valleys that I walk through,
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  • and I know we don't like that.
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  • We hate valleys.
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  • I don't meet many people who go, "Oh, good.
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  • I'm in a valley right now.
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  • It's dark down here. Praise the Lord."
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  • I think knowing the shepherd, we should be able to say that.
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  • But typically, we go, "Lord, please
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  • get me out of this valley.
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  • Just get me out of this valley.
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  • Just deliver me from this valley.
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  • Just carry me from mountain peak to mountain peak to
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  • mountain peak in Jesus' name.
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  • Hallelujah."
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  • But there are gonna be some valleys.
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  • Shepherds will lead sheep down into the valleys.
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  • Over in the Middle East, where this scene takes place,
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  • when it gets really, really hot outside, like it is these
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  • days, shepherds will move their sheep own into the ravines.
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  • They call them the wadis, and sheep hate it.
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  • Sheep don't have great eyesight, and they hate walking downwards
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  • into a shadowed, dark ravine.
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  • But the reason that the shepherd brings his sheep down there is
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  • because it's cooler down there, and that's where the streams of
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  • water are running, at the bottom of the ravine.
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  • In other words, sometimes the darkest valleys are pathways to
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  • the greenest pastures.
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  • The sheep don't know that.
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  • They go, "Oh, this is scary. Oh, I hate these valleys."
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  • Just wait, it's gonna be cool down there, and it's gonna be
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  • beautiful and refreshing.
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  • And I've met many a believer who has testified to the fact that
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  • though they're going through a difficult time in their life,
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  • and it's the trial of a lifetime, so to speak,
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  • that's where they meet the Lord.
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  • They have direct contact with God and his comfort in a way
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  • they've never experienced before.
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  • So you'll have some valleys.
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  • Verse 4 also tells me that you'll have some dark valleys.
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  • What David calls the valley of the shadow of death.
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  • Now, this is why it's recited at funerals, because of that
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  • phrase, but it doesn't necessarily
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  • refer to physical dying.
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  • The Hebrew word is figurative of gloom or calamity.
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  • Here is a guy who isn't dying.
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  • Here is a guy who's living, but experiencing
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  • a dark valley, the valley, what he calls the shadow of death.
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  • But let me say this.
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  • Even when you do come to an end of your life and you do die,
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  • it's gonna be okay.
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  • Death is sort of like going into a valley.
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  • And when you approach that time to die, it feels dark.
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  • It feels like you're going down.
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  • Your movement is limited.
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  • Your breathing is coarse.
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  • It seems so dark, but you're not gonna stay there.
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  • You're gonna come out of the valley.
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  • "Though I go through the valley of the shadow of death," not
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  • live forever in the valley.
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  • And then you awake, and you have arisen on the
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  • other side in pure light.
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  • It's like walking through a valley.
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  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon used to say,
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  • "Death is not the house.
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  • It's just the porch."
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  • It's just leading you somewhere.
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  • And notice, it does not say the valley of death,
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  • but the valley of the shadow of death.
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  • Can a shadow hurt you?
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  • Can the shadow of a dog bite you?
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  • Can the shadow of a sword or a knife cut you?
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  • The valley of the shadow of death cannot destroy you.
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  • The substance of death or the sting of death,
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  • as Paul said, has been removed.
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  • Only the shadow remains.
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  • That's why David says, "I will fear no evil.
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  • The other thing this tells me in verse 4 is that you can find
  • 00:13:36.130 --> 00:13:38.290
  • comfort in the valleys, for he notices,
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  • "I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
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  • your rod and your staff they comfort me."
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  • David is now speaking of the equipment
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  • that a shepherd carries.
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  • There's two pieces of equipment every shepherd would carry.
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  • A staff.
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  • A staff is the crook.
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  • And a rod.
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  • The rod is the club.
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  • So the staff, or the crook, is for directing sheep.
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  • The club, or the rod, is for protecting sheep.
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  • It was a little club that hang from the belt of a shepherd
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  • and often had nails in it.
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  • It was for one purpose, and that is to beat up wolves.
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  • And you can imagine a little sheep looking up at his shepherd
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  • and seeing that weapon hanging from his side,
  • 00:14:25.290 --> 00:14:29.100
  • going, "I'm comforted by that.
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  • I know that if the predator comes my way,
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  • I've got the kind of a shepherd who will give me protection."
  • 00:14:34.230 --> 00:14:41.110
  • In the New Testament, we have already read in 1 Peter,
  • 00:14:41.120 --> 00:14:44.190
  • Peter described Satan as a roaring, what?
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  • Lion, seeking whom he may devour,
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  • but you need to know that that lion cannot get to you until he
  • 00:14:52.200 --> 00:14:57.280
  • goes through your shepherd.
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  • And if he allows any exposure at all to you,
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  • it will be very calculated for your own growth.
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  • He just won't let you at his disposal.
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  • That should be very, very comforting to you,
  • 00:15:11.230 --> 00:15:14.090
  • 'cause I know, again, a lot of believers it's always,
  • 00:15:14.100 --> 00:15:16.230
  • "The devil is this, and the devil is there,
  • 00:15:16.240 --> 00:15:18.250
  • and the devil did that."
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  • Okay, great.
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  • Don't worry about him.
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  • You have a shepherd who will protect you.
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  • If you remember in the New Testament,
  • 00:15:27.200 --> 00:15:29.090
  • Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd," and then he talked
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  • about his sheep and calling their names,
  • 00:15:32.120 --> 00:15:35.030
  • and they hear his voice, and they follow him.
  • 00:15:35.040 --> 00:15:37.270
  • But then Jesus said, "I am the door to the sheepfold," and let
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  • me just explain what that is.
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  • It kinda lends itself to understanding the
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  • meaning of this passage.
  • 00:15:48.050 --> 00:15:53.060
  • In ancient times, when they would bring sheep out to the
  • 00:15:53.070 --> 00:15:56.150
  • countryside, they would place them in these little sheepfolds,
  • 00:15:56.160 --> 00:15:59.090
  • sheep pens, which are like low-lying walls with an opening,
  • 00:15:59.100 --> 00:16:03.120
  • a narrow opening with no door.
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  • And a traveler was over in the Middle East,
  • 00:16:05.260 --> 00:16:07.270
  • and the tour guide brought him out to see the shepherd.
  • 00:16:07.280 --> 00:16:10.020
  • And the shepherd said, "My sheep get inside this at night,
  • 00:16:10.030 --> 00:16:14.050
  • and they're perfectly safe."
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  • He goes, "Wait, wait, wait.
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  • There's no door."
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  • And the shepherd said, "That's because I am the door.
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  • I lie at night and sleep in front of the opening
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  • of this sheep enclosure.
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  • And no sheep can get out unless he goes over my body.
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  • And no wolf or predator can come in unless he goes over my body."
  • 00:16:32.150 --> 00:16:36.240
  • Remember the old expression, over my dead body?
  • 00:16:36.250 --> 00:16:41.000
  • So Satan might say, "Hey, I wanna rip that Christian apart."
  • 00:16:41.010 --> 00:16:43.110
  • "Over my body.
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  • You can't get to that person, unless I give you some kind of
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  • clearance for my purpose and for that sheep's growth."
  • 00:16:50.120 --> 00:16:57.040
  • So this speaks of protection.
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  • As a friend, he gives us protection.
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  • As a shepherd, he gives us direction.
  • 00:17:01.240 --> 00:17:04.050
  • As a friend, he gives us protection.
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  • And here's the third, and we close on this: as a host,
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  • he gives us provision.
  • 00:17:09.140 --> 00:17:12.030
  • Verse 5, again in the first person,
  • 00:17:12.040 --> 00:17:15.130
  • "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
  • 00:17:15.140 --> 00:17:22.160
  • you anoint my head with oil, and my cup runs over.
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  • Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my
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  • life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
  • 00:17:29.250 --> 00:17:35.220
  • Now, please note in verse 5 we have a change of
  • 00:17:35.230 --> 00:17:38.220
  • metaphor, a change of picture.
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  • We're not dealing with sheep and a shepherd any longer.
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  • We're now inside the tent, being the guest to someone who is
  • 00:17:43.200 --> 00:17:47.220
  • being the host and lavishly giving us a meal.
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  • Unless you're prepared to think of little sheep sitting around a
  • 00:17:51.250 --> 00:17:54.000
  • table, drinking coffee, which is a ridiculous thought,
  • 00:17:54.010 --> 00:17:57.020
  • understand that the metaphor has changed.
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  • Now we're dealing with God not as a shepherd,
  • 00:18:00.110 --> 00:18:02.090
  • but God as a host, who lavishes upon us what the Middle East is
  • 00:18:02.100 --> 00:18:08.040
  • so famous for, and that is hospitality.
  • 00:18:08.050 --> 00:18:13.270
  • One time I was in the city of Nazareth,
  • 00:18:13.280 --> 00:18:17.000
  • where Jesus grew up.
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  • I was with a few guys from our church.
  • 00:18:18.240 --> 00:18:20.230
  • We were doing a little film of the area.
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  • My son was there.
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  • And this guy comes out of the house--never met
  • 00:18:25.060 --> 00:18:27.030
  • him before--and he goes, "Hi."
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  • And we said hi, and we talked.
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  • His name was Tony.
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  • He was a Palestinian Arab living in Nazareth.
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  • He invited us into his home.
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  • He gave us coffee, gave us tea.
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  • Wanted to give us food, which he did.
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  • Then asked us to stay through the night and have a
  • 00:18:39.120 --> 00:18:41.110
  • huge meal with his family.
  • 00:18:41.120 --> 00:18:43.040
  • We were unable to do that, but I just thought,
  • 00:18:43.050 --> 00:18:44.180
  • "Here is a perfect stranger inviting perfect strangers into
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  • his house, willing to give us everything he's got."
  • 00:18:48.250 --> 00:18:52.250
  • Amazing hospitality.
  • 00:18:52.260 --> 00:18:55.030
  • That's the picture that is drawn here.
  • 00:18:55.040 --> 00:18:57.050
  • In ancient times, when you went into somebody's tent as a
  • 00:18:57.060 --> 00:19:00.260
  • visitor, there was a protocol.
  • 00:19:00.270 --> 00:19:04.010
  • First of all, they would give you the common kiss three times:
  • 00:19:04.020 --> 00:19:08.100
  • on one cheek, the other cheek, and then
  • 00:19:08.110 --> 00:19:09.220
  • back to the first cheek.
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  • Then the servant would remove your sandals and wash your feet.
  • 00:19:11.290 --> 00:19:16.010
  • Then they would place oil on your face, on your head--a
  • 00:19:16.020 --> 00:19:19.160
  • scented love oil--to refresh you after the burning sun.
  • 00:19:19.170 --> 00:19:24.140
  • Then they would give you a glass of wine with honey,
  • 00:19:24.150 --> 00:19:28.050
  • a very sweet mixture, to bring you refreshment.
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  • Then they would spread a rug before you,
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  • and they would serve you a meal.
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  • Lavish provision is the idea.
  • 00:19:36.010 --> 00:19:39.030
  • Notice that David says, "My cup runs over."
  • 00:19:39.040 --> 00:19:42.170
  • Can't you just picture the host just pouring and pouring,
  • 00:19:42.180 --> 00:19:44.200
  • and the guest going, "No, no, that's enough.
  • 00:19:44.210 --> 00:19:46.000
  • That's enough, really."
  • 00:19:46.010 --> 00:19:47.100
  • He just kinda keeps pouring over and over.
  • 00:19:47.110 --> 00:19:51.150
  • Sometimes I play a little joke on my friends, you know?
  • 00:19:51.160 --> 00:19:54.070
  • We're sitting at lunch, and I have water.
  • 00:19:54.080 --> 00:19:56.200
  • And they say, "Can I have some more water?"
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:19:58.000
  • And I just, sort of, keep pouring and keep pouring and
  • 00:19:58.010 --> 00:20:00.020
  • keep pouring until it just overflows onto the table,
  • 00:20:00.030 --> 00:20:02.090
  • and it looks like they made a mess.
  • 00:20:02.100 --> 00:20:03.190
  • I know it's an adolescent thing to do,
  • 00:20:03.200 --> 00:20:05.220
  • but what can I say?
  • 00:20:05.230 --> 00:20:08.210
  • God isn't playing a joke on his guest.
  • 00:20:08.220 --> 00:20:13.130
  • The idea is that "you are just so abundant in your provision
  • 00:20:13.140 --> 00:20:18.230
  • and your love for me, Lord.
  • 00:20:18.240 --> 00:20:20.090
  • My cup runs over."
  • 00:20:20.100 --> 00:20:23.090
  • And then you'll notice it's followed by,
  • 00:20:23.100 --> 00:20:24.260
  • "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me."
  • 00:20:24.270 --> 00:20:31.210
  • That's a declaration of the future based on the past.
  • 00:20:31.220 --> 00:20:35.110
  • "Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all
  • 00:20:35.120 --> 00:20:38.030
  • the days of my life."
  • 00:20:38.040 --> 00:20:39.230
  • Why would he say that?
  • 00:20:39.240 --> 00:20:41.190
  • He would say that because that's been the track record.
  • 00:20:41.200 --> 00:20:45.090
  • "You have taken care of me and protected me and directed me and
  • 00:20:45.100 --> 00:20:50.070
  • taken care of me all through my life.
  • 00:20:50.080 --> 00:20:52.280
  • I am now sure that in the future you're gonna do the same."
  • 00:20:52.290 --> 00:20:57.170
  • He's not saying, "I declare by faith that my life will be
  • 00:20:57.180 --> 00:21:00.170
  • painless from now on."
  • 00:21:00.180 --> 00:21:03.210
  • After all, he's eating in the presence of his, what?
  • 00:21:03.220 --> 00:21:08.030
  • Enemies.
  • 00:21:08.040 --> 00:21:09.250
  • He's got some enemies.
  • 00:21:09.260 --> 00:21:12.180
  • But though his enemies pursue him,
  • 00:21:12.190 --> 00:21:15.210
  • what David is saying is, "I know that goodness and mercy will
  • 00:21:15.220 --> 00:21:18.170
  • also chase after me all the days of my life,
  • 00:21:18.180 --> 00:21:22.120
  • because it's always been that way.
  • 00:21:22.130 --> 00:21:25.250
  • I'm making a declaration of my future based upon the past."
  • 00:21:25.260 --> 00:21:29.210
  • This, folks, this is a statement of choice.
  • 00:21:29.220 --> 00:21:31.190
  • This is a statement of faith.
  • 00:21:31.200 --> 00:21:35.190
  • It's, forgive the analogy, but in the words of Winnie the Pooh,
  • 00:21:35.200 --> 00:21:41.070
  • the famous theologian, it's the choice to be
  • 00:21:41.080 --> 00:21:45.030
  • Tigger and not Eeyore.
  • 00:21:45.040 --> 00:21:48.210
  • Some people have just chosen to be Eeyore.
  • 00:21:48.220 --> 00:21:50.250
  • They're just always--it's always bad.
  • 00:21:50.260 --> 00:21:54.070
  • It's not my cup runneth over.
  • 00:21:54.080 --> 00:21:55.210
  • It's my cup leaketh under.
  • 00:21:55.220 --> 00:22:00.140
  • But then, there are those who say,
  • 00:22:00.150 --> 00:22:01.240
  • "No, I'm making a stand by faith to declare,
  • 00:22:01.250 --> 00:22:05.100
  • based upon who God is, what he has promised,
  • 00:22:05.110 --> 00:22:08.020
  • and where he is taking me, surely goodness and mercy will
  • 00:22:08.030 --> 00:22:10.260
  • follow all the days of my life."
  • 00:22:10.270 --> 00:22:14.050
  • That's the choice to be like Tigger and not like Eeyore.
  • 00:22:14.060 --> 00:22:17.270
  • Our trouble is that so often we write our sorrows in the marble,
  • 00:22:17.280 --> 00:22:23.190
  • and we write our mercies in the dust.
  • 00:22:23.200 --> 00:22:27.270
  • Not David.
  • 00:22:27.280 --> 00:22:29.070
  • Not David, "My cup runs over.
  • 00:22:29.080 --> 00:22:30.270
  • Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all
  • 00:22:30.280 --> 00:22:33.050
  • the days of my life."
  • 00:22:33.060 --> 00:22:39.010
  • Do you know the shepherd?
  • 00:22:39.020 --> 00:22:42.100
  • There was once a famous actor that was invited to a social
  • 00:22:42.110 --> 00:22:44.170
  • gathering, and people were so excited to
  • 00:22:44.180 --> 00:22:47.270
  • have this actor there.
  • 00:22:47.280 --> 00:22:49.070
  • He was known for his ability to portray characters and say lines
  • 00:22:49.080 --> 00:22:56.100
  • in a way that was unparalleled.
  • 00:22:56.110 --> 00:22:58.290
  • So that night at dinner, people were asking him to recite famous
  • 00:22:59.000 --> 00:23:02.010
  • lines of different literary works.
  • 00:23:02.020 --> 00:23:05.160
  • And there was a minster who was also at that dinner,
  • 00:23:05.170 --> 00:23:08.100
  • and he said, "I'd like you to recite Psalm
  • 00:23:08.110 --> 00:23:10.170
  • 23 for the audience."
  • 00:23:10.180 --> 00:23:13.230
  • And the actor said, "I'd love to do that under once condition.
  • 00:23:13.240 --> 00:23:16.200
  • That after I'm done, you come and recite Psalm 23."
  • 00:23:16.210 --> 00:23:19.280
  • The pastor said, "You're on."
  • 00:23:19.290 --> 00:23:22.070
  • So the actor, as you would expect, with typical eloquence
  • 00:23:22.080 --> 00:23:25.200
  • like a thespian would, rising of his voice and the falling
  • 00:23:25.210 --> 00:23:29.110
  • of his voice, just said it perfectly.
  • 00:23:29.120 --> 00:23:34.000
  • And afterwards, people gave him a cheering round of applause
  • 00:23:34.010 --> 00:23:36.200
  • that lasted for several moments.
  • 00:23:36.210 --> 00:23:38.280
  • Afterwards, the pastor got up.
  • 00:23:38.290 --> 00:23:41.070
  • He was older.
  • 00:23:41.080 --> 00:23:42.180
  • His voice was a little rougher.
  • 00:23:42.190 --> 00:23:45.050
  • His eloquence was not perfect, but he recited Psalm 23.
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  • And after he did, there not a dry eye in the audience.
  • 00:23:51.160 --> 00:23:56.140
  • Everyone was in tears.
  • 00:23:56.150 --> 00:23:59.280
  • And after dinner, they asked the actor what made the difference.
  • 00:23:59.290 --> 00:24:02.260
  • The actor said, "I know the psalm.
  • 00:24:02.270 --> 00:24:05.030
  • He knows the shepherd."
  • 00:24:05.040 --> 00:24:08.220
  • We all know the psalm.
  • 00:24:08.230 --> 00:24:11.080
  • Everybody knows this psalm, but do you know the shepherd?
  • 00:24:11.090 --> 00:24:16.110
  • Do you know his direction in your life?
  • 00:24:16.120 --> 00:24:18.150
  • Do you know his protection in your life?
  • 00:24:18.160 --> 00:24:20.230
  • Do you feel and experience his provision in your life?
  • 00:24:20.240 --> 00:24:24.000
  • Can you say, "The Lord is my personal shepherd;
  • 00:24:24.010 --> 00:24:28.280
  • I shall not want"?
  • 00:24:28.290 --> 00:24:31.050
  • And it could be that you're just in a little bit of rut today.
  • 00:24:31.060 --> 00:24:35.010
  • Did you know that one of the, one of the common problems that
  • 00:24:35.020 --> 00:24:40.070
  • sheep have is called being cast, C-A-S-T?
  • 00:24:40.080 --> 00:24:45.010
  • Shepherds will refer to a cast sheep.
  • 00:24:45.020 --> 00:24:47.160
  • This is a sheep who wanders from the fold,
  • 00:24:47.170 --> 00:24:51.200
  • gets out on his own--all of us, like sheep, have gone
  • 00:24:51.210 --> 00:24:54.160
  • astray--and wants to just, sort of, lie down
  • 00:24:54.170 --> 00:24:58.040
  • in a comfortable position in a little depression in the ground
  • 00:24:58.050 --> 00:25:02.010
  • and just, sort of, lies there, kicks back.
  • 00:25:02.020 --> 00:25:04.180
  • And what happens is the sheep turns over just a little too
  • 00:25:04.190 --> 00:25:07.140
  • much, and its legs are, kind of, sticking out.
  • 00:25:07.150 --> 00:25:12.020
  • And then tries to shift and get out of it,
  • 00:25:12.030 --> 00:25:14.080
  • and his legs are sticking up like this...
  • 00:25:14.090 --> 00:25:17.080
  • And the sheep cannot, for the life of it,
  • 00:25:17.090 --> 00:25:19.110
  • get back on its feet.
  • 00:25:19.120 --> 00:25:22.000
  • Gases build up inside the abdomen,
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  • cutting off the circulation, and the sheep will die,
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  • unless the shepherd finds it and restores it.
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  • Verse 3, "He restores my soul," means brings me back.
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  • Maybe you sort of feel like a cast sheep.
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  • You just wanna get into a little comfortable zone,
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  • and now your legs are sticking straight up.
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  • You've wandered just a little too far,
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  • and you need God's goodness and mercy now,
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  • let alone following you all the days of your life.
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  • Then you make that decision, like David,
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  • to say, "The Lord is my shepherd.
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  • I'm coming back to his care, back to his fold," because
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  • here's the catch.
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  • All the things about God as a shepherd will never be true
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  • unless you let him be the shepherd of your life.
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  • You have to come into his fold by an act of your own will in
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